Tesla initiated legal proceedings against the Swedish Transport Agency after postal workers reportedly halted the delivery of license plates for the company's vehicles.
Swedish postal employees allegedly blocked Tesla's license plate shipments as a display of solidarity amid ongoing strikes within the country. These strikes, led by unions, are pressuring Tesla to engage in a collective bargaining agreement with its service division employees, such as technicians and mechanics responsible for servicing customers' cars.
According to Tesla's lawsuit filed in the Norrköping district court, the company contends that the Swedish government has a constitutional responsibility to provide vehicle owners with registration plates. The lawsuit also names the postal service as a defendant.
Tesla's filing highlighted that in 2022, it delivered 9,167 cars to Sweden, with the Model Y being the country's top-selling car in 2023 thus far. Furthermore, the company's Q3 vehicle production and delivery report indicated a total of 435,059 cars delivered worldwide.
A spokesperson for Tesla was not immediately available for comment.
In the lawsuit, Tesla characterized the withholding of license plates as a discriminatory and unwarranted action against the company's operations in Sweden. CEO Elon Musk expressed his dismay by describing the situation as "insane" in a post on X (formerly known as Twitter) referencing the incident.
The legal action asserts that Tesla should have the right to directly obtain license plates for its vehicles instead of relying on mail delivery, as outlined in the filing.
Tesla's stock experienced a marginal decline of less than 1% on Monday.
As of now, representatives of the Swedish government have not responded to CNBC's request for comment on the matter.
-------This article is partly excerpted from The New York Times.